Our national philanthropies and what we do to support them!
AEPhi is proud to support two amazing charities, Sharsheret and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. These organizations are made even more special by the fact that they were both founded by AEPhi alumna. At Illinois, AEPhi hosts philanthropy events such as sports tournaments and dinners each semester to fundraise for Sharsheret and EGPAF.
Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the unique challenges faced by young Jewish women living with breast cancer. Sharsheret, Hebrew for "chain," was founded in 2001 by Rochelle Shoretz an AEPhi alumna, who recognized the need for a breast cancer organization that would provide culturally-sensitive support for Jewish women after her own diagnosis.
Members of Alpha Epsilon Phi have supported Sharsheret's mission to support young Jewish women facing breast cancer by spreading the word, fundraising, creating teams for local walks, runs, and marathons for breast cancer, hosting local Sharsheret events and organizing health fairs.
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation was was founded in 1988 by AEPhi Alumna Elizabeth Meyer Glaser (Sigma Chapter, University of Wisconsin) and her two close friends shortly after Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, discovered that she, along with their two children were infected with the AIDS virus as a result of a blood transfusion. With little research being focused on the issue of pediatric AIDS, the three women sought to bring awareness and a possible cure to the innocent children around the world affected by HIV/AIDS. Through the work of the Foundation and partnerships like the one with Alpha Epsilon Phi, research and knowledge have greatly increased.
AEPhi at the University of Illinois prides itself on the plethora of service events we participate in. We have monthly service events to constantly keep our members engaged in the Champaign- Urbana community. In the past, we have created survivor ribbons for people living with HIV/AIDS and donated them to a local organization called Greater Community Aids Project. We have helped raise money at IlliniThon, a dance marathon to raise funds for St. Johns Children's Hospital. Some of our sister volunteered at a Special Olympics Aquatic competition at the arc. One of our most recent, successful events was a cookie decorating event in our kitchen. Girls decorated sugar cookies for a local soup kitchen for Valentines Day!